Tuesday, August 23, 2022

The Fauci Boogeyman


At the Senate hearing, Fauci responded to Paul with what the NIH has maintained is a technically correct answer: that the institute never funded gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

But there remained one big sticking point. The experiment that was indirectly funded could actually have been classified as gain-of-function, according to several experts. That doesn’t imply that the research was bad or that EcoHealth experiments were necessarily too risky. It was a disagreement about terminology. But the flames of a conspiracy theory were fanned.

Right-wing commentators seized on the technical argument over a scientific definition to reach an absurd conclusion: that the NIH had directly funded the source of the pandemic, and that Fauci lied to the American public. Or as Tucker Carlson so incorrectly and ridiculously put it on Fox News in May: “The guy in charge of America’s response to COVID turns out to be the guy who funded the creation of COVID.”

Again, I must repeat: This is untrue.


  1. Fauci had a financial interest in the Wuhan lab. He lied about it until he was exposed. Fauci admitted he lied about masks. Fauci dismissed the lab leak theory when Trump suggested it was possible, only to later admit it was possible when Biden was president.
    Fauci is an intelligent and accomplished man and I don't wish him any ill but he played politics with this situation in a deplorable way.

  2. in other words he is a corrupt scientist, for whom scientific rigour and honesty play second place to profit, personal interests, and ambition. Add to that his lack of concern for human life, and perhaps even partial responsibility for the spread of the virus. But yes, blame it on Trump and the republicans , it sells .


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